Sen­a­tors player courts new ca­reer in mu­sic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

THE sec­ond an­nual Swish Clas­sic bas­ket­ball game has raised more than $65,000 for Youth Fo­cus.

Stir­ling Sen­a­tors player Nick Iliadis (21) could not take the court be­cause of in­jury, but per­formed be­fore the match.

The as­pir­ing singer song­writer from Water­mans Bay sold CDs at the game.

“I know they deal with youth sui­cide preven­tion and I’ve dealt with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion my­self,” Iliadis said.

“I’m still cur­rently deal­ing with it, so Youth Fo­cus is some­thing dear to my heart and I saw per­form­ing as a good op­por­tu­nity to help out in some way.”

Iliadis picked up the guitar when he had time off the court be­cause of in­juries.

“I de­cided to pick up the guitar and I learnt from YouTube video, I’m self-taught,” he said.

He ad­mit­ted that when he first started he sounded “ter­ri­ble” but with prac­tice, he got bet­ter and learned to love mu­sic and per­form­ing.

Held on the WA Day hol­i­day at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre in Mt Clare­mont, the event fea­tured male and fe­male all-stars teams from north and south of the river and pulled a large crowd.

“I think there were about 400 peo­ple there, it was the most I’ve played in front of,” Iliadis said

“It was a lit­tle bit nerve-wrack­ing but I had a lot of my friends there,” he said.

Cur­rently play­ing in a band as well as work­ing on solo projects, the up-and-com­ing mu­si­cian hopes to pur­sue mu­sic as a ca­reer.

“I’m very much into my mu­sic at the mo­ment; when I’m older hope­fully my mu­sic can push me to an av­enue where I can be an am­bas­sador for Youth Fo­cus to pro­vide help for oth­ers who are go­ing through the same thing,” Iliadis said.

Benched for the an­nual Swish Clas­sic fundrais­ing game, Stir­ling Sen­a­tors player Nick Iliadis still shone court­side when he per­formed on his guitar.

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